Our Team

Ashton J. Hayward III

Ashton J. Hayward III joined AREF as President in January 2019. A native of Pensacola and a graduate of Florida State University, Hayward previously worked in New York as an executive at the AT&T Corporation and the Financial Times. In 2003, Hayward and his wife An returned to Pensacola to raise their son, Aiden. Hayward founded a successful real estate development company, which he managed until taking office as Mayor of Pensacola in 2011.  Hayward led regional economic development by working to create a cultural environment where businesses grew and thrived.

Active in public service on a local, regional, and statewide level, Hayward was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Commission on Community Service, also known as Volunteer Florida, and is a member of Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone Class XXXVI. Locally, Hayward has actively supported organizations including Autism Pensacola, the Gulf Coast Kids House, and the PACE Center for Girls. Hayward also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Achieve Escambia and as a member of the Escambia County Infant Mortality Task Force, and has previously served on the board of directors for the Florida League of Mayors and as a member of the Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority.

Having a vast repertoire in leadership and financial development, Hayward now utilizes his experience to further the goals and mission of world renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. James R. Andrews. Through his work as President of AREF, Hayward will continue to lead his team into the future of health education and research to promote sports medicine.

 

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Jen Mostert

Jen joined AREF as Finance Director in September 2019 and moved into the Executive Director role in March 2021. A University of West Florida graduate, Jen started her career in Public Accounting, obtaining her CPA license and gaining experience providing audit and assurance services to companies across numerous industries and moving into management before joining AREF.

Jen has a passion for leading teams and helping people and organizations achieve success. Jen is also passionate about serving her community and has served on several Boards including Pensacola Young Professionals, The Choral Society of Pensacola, the West Florida Chapter of the FICPA, and OnBikes Pensacola, and has supported these organizations as well as Gulf Coast Kids House and Ronald McDonald House charities.

Jen is a proud wife to her husband, Brad, and mom to son, James, and enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, Nelly and Lucy.

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Leandra Price, MS, LAT, ATC

Leandra completed her undergraduate work at Quinnipiac University in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. She continued to obtain her Masters degree at Troy University in Sports and Fitness Management. She moved from New Jersey where she worked as an athletic trainer at Hillsborough High School and spent two seasons for Sky Blue FC, a National Women’s Soccer Team. Leandra moved down to Florida to work as a clinical outreach athletic trainer for Andrews Institute at Washington High School in Pensacola before joining the Andrews Research & Education Foundation team as the Education Manager.

Leandra manages and coordinates all educational events for AREF. Events include weekly Sports Medicine Fellowship Conferences, annual Injuries in Football Conference, and many others throughout the year.

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Ashley Mixson

Ashley Mixson joined the team as the Fellowship Manager in January 2020. Ashley was born and raised in Pensacola, FL and earned her BS in Healthcare Administration from Capella University in 2018. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of West Florida. In addition to managing the fellowship programs, Ashley is the Institutional Coordinator for AREF, ensuring ACGME compliance.

Her experience over the last decade includes: healthcare executive assistance, residency program coordination, office management, project administration and Graduate Medical Education. In addition to her professional roles, Ashley is Lean Green Belt certified, a notary public and an avid recreational softball player.  With a passion for the quality Graduate Medical Education and the ever-changing world of healthcare, Ashley continues to support today’s rising physicians by bringing structure, care, understanding and a passion for lifelong learning to the team.

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Nathan Thrower

Nathan Thrower joined the AREF team in April 2021 as its Accountant. Nathan was born and raised in Pensacola, FL, and he graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in both Professional Accountancy and Finance. Nathan plans on pursuing his Master’s in Accounting and obtaining his CPA license.

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Sam Davis, ATC, LAT

Sam Davis attended Wright State University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training and a Bachelor’s of Science Education in Sports Science.  Prior to Andrews Research and Education Foundation, Sam has had the privilege to work in multiple settings from middle school to professional women’s soccer. Sam has also had experience with PRN for Select Physical Therapy and interning with EXOS.  Sam has been with the department since January of 2018 and is an integral part of the AREF team.”

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Joshua J. Cook, BS

Josh joined the AREF team in May 2021 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Josh is a Pensacola native and is an alumni of the University of West Florida with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences following the Kugelman Honors 4-Year Pathway. Josh previously worked in various teaching roles at UWF before entering both laboratory and clinical research positions, where he worked in the field of clinical research for several years.

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Chandler Bridges, MS

Chandler earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. Then continued on to obtain her Masters of Science from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. While attaining her master’s degree she was a graduate assistant coach for the Lady Blazers softball team. Chandler is a local from Navarre and found her passion for sports science and research through her years of playing and coaching softball.

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